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Agile Development - what it is and why we work with it

In 2001, at the Snowbird Ski Resort in Utah, 17 software developers discussed lightweight software development methods and created the Agile Manifesto. The agile objective was to facilitate the software development process by avoiding inept practices such as heavy software documentation, excessive meetings, and strict adherence to procedures. Those developers certainly had a vision, but there’s no way they didn’t know what the movement would be like. After almost 20 years, agile is everywhere. ## What is Agile? Agile is a time-boxed, iterative approach to software delivery that builds software incrementally from the beginning of the project, rather than delivering it all at once in the end. The process is streamlined and flexible, allowing you to make changes whenever you want. The agile development team is active rather than reactive. This is why Agile is the best way to manage your software development team. Agile methodology has spread to various industries and systems, although it has found its greatest success in the software industry. Most software companies use Agile Methodology to do their projects. ![Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash ]( Here are 4 reasons to adopt an agile methodology to manage your software development team: **1. Results Oriented:** The goal of any development team is to be result-oriented and value-driven. The agile tracks use and record each achievement, and determine what was effective in each sprint and what was not, rather than just the end result. **2. Flexibility:** Software development is characterized by short development, life cycle and constantly changing demands, the ability to be flexible is one of the biggest benefits for your software development team that can be built into a better software. **3. Collaborative:** Collaboration is one of the most essential components of all modern project management strategies. agile is One of the most effective ways for an organization to entice collaboration among the team mates. Starting from stand up meetings, sprint planning, and closing sprint meetings, Agile encourages collaboration at every level. **4 Transparent:** Constant feedback from stakeholders throughout the life cycle is critical to agile functioning. It maintains a transparent business environment between the stakeholders. ## Agile methodology (Scrum) The Scrum method is a simple framework for working with complex projects. Agile software development methods are iterations, which means that tasks are divided into iterations, called sprints in the case of scrum. Scrum is executed by small teams of between 7-9 people, including a Scrum Master and a Product Owner. In Scrum, projects are divided into cycles (usually 2 or 3 week cycles) called sprints. Sprint represents a time box within which a set of features must be developed. Multiple sprints can be combined to release - where formal software / product delivery is done to the customer / market. The overall product functionality is broken down into smaller features (usually epics and user stories - or just stories) by the product owner. These stories are prioritized and taken at every sprint or repeat. The intent of the method is for the product owner to be able to demo at the end of each sprint working pieces of the product, to ensure that the product is working as intended. Overall, the Scrum methodology breaks down the long cyclone process into shorter cycles, helping product teams and the end customer review the working software more often and ensure that it meets their business needs. This ensures that the final product also meets the customer's final requirements. The Scrum methodology features specific tasks such as a daily standup meeting, a sprint review meeting, a demo for the product owner, and a sprint retrospective meeting. All these meetings provide opportunities for collaboration and review to the team to ensure that development is still ongoing, and any issues are resolved quickly. Advantages of agile 1. Clients continuously experience the progress of the project at the end of each iteration / sprint. 2. There is continuous two-way communication from customers, thus all stakeholders - business and technology - have clear visibility on the progress of the project. 3. Each Sprint provides the customer with a working software that meets their expectations. 4. Development teams are highly responsible for changing needs and can accommodate change even at advanced stages of development.
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